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Saturday, 01 January 2000

Fun In The Sun: Summer Activities For Your Pre-Schooler

Written by  Esther Boylan Wolfson

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Looking for a way to keep your pre-schooler busy during those long summer days? Here are some suggestions for easy summer activities.

1. Make homemade ices. (You can buy very cheap ice molds or use small cups and old Popsicle sticks.) Juice or Hawaiian Punch both work great.

2. Take ice cubes out of your freezer and put the bowl outside in the sun. Have your child check it regularly and keep you informed on "what happens." Then show your child how you can re-freeze the water.

3. Do Arts and Crafts activities together.

4. Let your child play with water. If you have a backyard, turn on the sprinklers and let your children run around. Consider buying a small wading pool or bring buckets of water outside and just have fun getting wet.

5. Fill up a large bowl or your bathtub and experiment with your child to see what objects float in water. Ask your child to choose which household objects will float and which ones will sink. Let him check if he's right. If he chooses objects that are not "water-friendly" discuss why those objects do not belong in the water.

6. Choose a special recipe and cook with your kids.

7. On a sunny day, take little pieces of old crayons and put them out on a thick piece of paper in the sun. After an hour, send your child outside to check what happened.

8. Take a trip to your local library. Read some great new books with your children.

9. Make sandwiches for supper. Let your kids choose and make their own sandwiches. (With a "little" help from Mom or Dad.)

10. Pack up those sandwiches and have a picnic in your local park.

Enjoy your kids and enjoy your summer!

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Esther Boylan Wolfson

Esther Boylan Wolfson

Esther Wolfson , director of our Early Childhood Development Center is an Early Childhood Specialist, who received her BA in English Communications from Stern College for Women, Yeshiva University and an MA in Early Childhood Special Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, both in New York City. Esther worked as a pre-school special education teacher for seven years. Three of those years were spent working in a school for language delayed pre-schoolers, which is her area of specialty. Another special love of hers is cooking with young children. One of her most enjoyable projects was developing a program for cooking with pre-school children for three special education programs. Esther and her husband Myles have three boys aged eight, five and two-years-old. While her three lively boys and her work at WholeFamily, keep her quite busy, in her spare time (if she ever has any!) she is an avid reader who also enjoys creative writing, exercising and swimming.

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